Our Race to the Top Wrap-Up

In 2015 and 2016, by providing small grants and technical support, the LISC Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) enabled 83 early learning centers across Rhode Island to dramatically improve the learning environments in their facilities. The grants, which totaled $2.3 million, were made possible by the Race to the Top … Continue reading Our Race to the Top Wrap-Up

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A LISC Success Story on NPR

A five year, federal grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) that was matched by local private and corporate grants, made it possible for Rhode Island LISC to invest over $2.3 million into four Financial Opportunity Centers® located at Amos House, Genesis Center, Providence Housing Authority and Community Care Alliance. Read More

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When Police Are Problem Solvers

In the third installment of our #SafetyPartners blog series, criminologist Sean Varano describes the value of problem-oriented policing, and what a researcher can bring to the quest for safer neighborhoods. Read More

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What Was Done, Was Done Right

LISC Rhode Island worked with the residents of Aleppo Street and the Providence Police Department to help turn a blighted, chronically unsafe area into a neighborhood of opportunity. By forging a partnership based on a community contract, residents, police and investors worked to reverse decades of problems. Captain Dean Isabella of the Providence PD, a … Continue reading What Was Done, Was Done Right

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Crime Hotspots Need Investments, Not Just Policing

Research has proven that crime, particularly violent crime, clusters in discreet, neighborhood hotspots. In an op-ed for The Marshall Project, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, and Julia Ryan, director of safety programming, explain how that knowledge should guide our crime-fighting strategies and why investments in neighborhoods are critical to stopping violence. Read More

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Stories from Our Neighborhoods: Watch Video

Learn more about LISC Rhode Island’s impact from some of our local community partners. This video tells their stories…

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Navigating a Passage Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Part one in our #SafetyPartners series: Tina Shepard, director of community initiatives for ONE Neighborhood Builders, shares her experience leading outreach and building relationships between police and community in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI. Read More

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In Rhode Island, a Model for Upending Health Inequity

In 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Health established ten “health equity zones” across the state. The Local Initiatives Support Corp. shares stories of success from their experience managing two of these zones. Read More

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A Turnabout for Tackling the Diseases of Poverty

If ever there was a wake-up call for those of us who work in public health, it’s this: the current generation of American children—our children—is the first in more than 200 years that may live shorter lives than their parents. All on account of preventable health conditions. Read More

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2016 National Leadership Conference

At our 2016 National Leadership Conference, a roster of knowledgeable, thought-provoking speakers including RI LISC Local Advisory Committee Member and Rhode Island Department of Health Executive Director, Ana Novais, framed our convening, posing questions and ideas to inspire ongoing discourse and problem-solving. The 10-minute presentations were each followed by a question and answer period. Click … Continue reading 2016 National Leadership Conference

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Cornerstone School

The Cornerstone School was built in 1972 and has been a resource for families for over 40 years providing a variety of services including an integrated early childhood program. After years of wear and tear, Cornerstone School was faced with an outdoor play space that had many challenges. Most significant were a worn and heaving … Continue reading Cornerstone School

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Citizens Bank announces Growing Communities initiative

Program will provide $40,000 in grants to neighborhood revitalization efforts in Central Falls, Pawtucket Deadline for applications is October 7, 2016. Download the Application Here PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Citizens Bank today announced $40,000 in grants as part of its Growing Communities initiative in Central Falls and Pawtucket. Growing Communities is part of Citizens Helping Citizens … Continue reading Citizens Bank announces Growing Communities initiative

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Please Support Americorps #ServeWithMe Video – Vote Today!

CNCS is running a #ServeWithMe video contest where “voting” will to run May 8. Our national AmeriCorps team created a video using photos and interviews of members while at the service project in Newport RI, during the leadership conference. The finished product was uploaded to the LISC YouTube channel last week (here) and it will … Continue reading Please Support Americorps #ServeWithMe Video – Vote Today!

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LISC RI Awards $412,575 in Workforce Development Funds to the Genesis Center

LISC’s new ‘Bridges to Career Opportunities’ helps to address education and skills gaps LISC RI has awarded the Genesis Center $412,575 over the next 36 months to implement LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO), part of a recent $11.3 million grant received from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund. The Rhode … Continue reading LISC RI Awards $412,575 in Workforce Development Funds to the Genesis Center

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LISC’s investments top $2 million

Since announcing the Invest in Rhode Island Campaign, more than $2 million in investment has been made in people, places and organizations across the state. LISC’s Neighborhood Development Fund has announced the award of $550,000 in grants to ten community based organizations: These funds, coupled with training and technical assistance will allow growth and organizational … Continue reading LISC’s investments top $2 million

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LISC Hits the Ground Running…

It has only been 3 weeks since LISC committed to investing $25 million to spur economic activity in Rhode Island (read press release here), but we’ve hit the ground running, with $1,345,000 out the door. Among projects funded were a $795,000 predevelopment loan to Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley (NBRV), and a $100,000 zero interest predevelopment … Continue reading LISC Hits the Ground Running…

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LISC announces $25 million to spur economic opportunity in Rhode Island’s low-income communities

PROVIDENCE (September 21, 2015)–The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is kicking off its 25th year of work in Rhode Island with $25 million in new funding for projects and programs that will help create strong, healthy communities that are good places to live, work and raise a family. LISC announced its Invest in Rhode Island … Continue reading LISC announces $25 million to spur economic opportunity in Rhode Island’s low-income communities

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Bridges to Career Opportunities Funding Announcement

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), with funding from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), announces the opening of a grant competition for its Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO) program. Successful applicants will be nonprofit organizations demonstrating the ability to effectively operate contextualized “bridge” programming, connecting to skills training for low-income, unemployed and underemployed individuals. Participants … Continue reading Bridges to Career Opportunities Funding Announcement

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LISC wins $11MM from SIF to build basic job skills

A growing job market is a boon to families and communities—unless you don’t have the basic math and reading skills to take advantage of it. The federal Social Innovation Fund is helping address that educational gap with a new $11.3 million grant to LISC for Bridges to Career Opportunities, a program that helps people lay … Continue reading LISC wins $11MM from SIF to build basic job skills

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Meeting at the intersection of jobs, health and housing

Shovels hit the ground this week in Washington, D.C.’s Benning Heights neighborhood as a new development that will bring affordable apartments, health services and job training to low-income residents moved forward, thanks in part to $34 million from the Healthy Futures Fund. The Conway Center, developed by So Others Might Eat (SOME), is the largest … Continue reading Meeting at the intersection of jobs, health and housing

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States help charter schools focus funding on kids

Is it possible to put more dollars into charter school classrooms without increasing the cost to taxpayers? A new study by LISC and Charter School Advisors on the charter school bond market says it is. Three states have developed programs that extend their strong credit ratings to qualified schools so they can raise low-cost capital … Continue reading States help charter schools focus funding on kids

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LISC 2014 Annual Report

Last year, LISC invested $994 million to help strengthen urban and rural communities across the country. We’ve been working especially hard supporting high-quality educational opportunities for low-income people. This year’s report celebrates how those successes reshape neighborhoods and change lives. Click the link below to view LISC’s interactive 2014 annual report. Last year, LISC invested … Continue reading LISC 2014 Annual Report

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